» 07/23/2010, 00.00
Woman freed after spending 14 years in prison without trial for “blasphemy”
Zaibul Nisa had been arrested on vague blasphemy charges. The judge who released her is dismayed by her long and unjust confinement. Her lawyer complains that she “was sent to jail and then forgotten by everyone.”
An 80-year-old Ahmadi man arrested for blasphemy
Police in Kabeer wala arrest the old believer, charging him with ripping and throwing pages of the Qur‘an on the ground.
Muslims torture for hours Christian “blasphemer” now in jail
A mob of some 150 Muslims in Punjab stormed the home of Amanat Masih, a Protestant charged with burning some pages of the Qur’an. Police intervene after hours of torture and arrest him.
Christian charged with blasphemy freed after two years
Shahbaz Masih Kaka is mentally disabled, but a court in Faisalabad sentenced him to 25 years. Pressures from Islamic extremists are to blame.
Another Christian imprisoned for “blasphemy”
Following an altercation, a man who owed money to a Christian woman accuses her of insulting the prophet Muhammad, an offence that also carries the death penalty. She was taken into custody by the police. Minority rights group blames Islamic extremists for using the law to strike at religious minorities or anyone who dare oppose them.
Blasphemy law, a sword hanging over our heads
Asia Bibi’s case is but the latest in a long series of tragedies due to the infamous law, which sows fear in people. The Church of Pakistan is a Church that suffers, but it has a prophetic role to play: “bring hope to an entire people”.
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